Charles Heckscher

Charles Heckscher

  • Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LSER)
  • Director, Center for the Study of Collaboration in Work and Society
Labor Education Center, 50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8520

Ph.D., Harvard University

Curriculum Vitae - CV (PDF)

  • Organization change and its consequences for employees and unions
  • Collaborative and democratic forms of work

Distinguished Professor Charles Heckscher is the director of the Center for the Study of Collaboration in Work and Society. At the center, he is currently leading two research projects: one on the development of public conversation, and a second on the effects of teamwork in health care.

His research focuses on organization change and its consequences for employees and unions, on the possibilities for more collaborative and democratic forms of work, and on the challenge of rebuilding trust in societal institutions.

Heckscher's books explore the future of the labor movement (The New Unionism), the changing approaches of corporate management (The Post-Bureaucratic OrganizationThe Firm as a Collaborative Community), the effects of downsizing and restructuring on employee loyalty (White-Collar Blues), the process of improving stakeholder relations (Agents of Change), and the decline and potential revival of societal trust (Trust in a Complex World). He has also written widely on mutual-gains bargaining, employment-rights movements, labor-management partnerships, and workplace participation.

Before coming to Rutgers, he worked for the Communications Workers’ union and taught Human Resources Management at the Harvard Business School.

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Research Publications